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A fabulously easy and delicious bread. I have been making homemade bread, off and on, for some 30 years and this is one of the best whole wheat bread recipes that I use. This is a county fair blue ribbon winning loaf--that turns out delicate and soft.
"Exceptional recipe! Outstanding bread with a a beautiful crumb and wonderful flavor! I highly recommend this recipe. Even for those who have never considered making homemade bread before. It has to be just about the simplest recipe for bread I have ever tried. Nothing fussy, nothing finicky, just a good-solid recipe that tastes far better than you would expect. In my opinion this is bread perfection!"- chefhoward76
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Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water.
Combine milk, 1/4 cup water, shortening, honey, salt and wheat flour in food processor or bowl. Mix in yeast mixture, and let rest 15 minutes. Add white flour, and process until dough forms a ball. Knead dough by processing an additional 80 seconds in food processor, or mix and knead by hand 10 minutes. Place the dough in a buttered bowl, and turn to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rise for 45 minutes, or until almost doubled.
Punch down, and divide dough in half. Roll out each half, and pound out the bubbles. Form into loaves, and place in buttered 9x5 inch bread pans. Butter the tops of the dough, and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm area until doubled; second rise should take about 30 minutes.
Place a small pan of water on the bottom shelf of the oven. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until tops are dark golden brown. Butter crusts while warm. Slice when cool.
Yield: 2 - 9x5-inch loaves, or 1 loaf and a dozen rolls.
I made this bread for my parents for one of the holidays. My mother loved it and requested the recipe. She changed the preparation slightly. In her version, she would combined all the ingredients at one time in the bowl of her KitchenAid Heavy Duty mixer...then mixed and kneaded the dough for about 8 minutes. Her method work just fine. Her bread also turned out light and very moist.
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bdizzle 2 months agoMade this a few days ago. It's a great go-to recipe! Very moist bread, great for rolls, snacks or breakfast! Will definitely make it again! I ended up adding about a 1/2 c of white flour to it to get the consistency i wanted.gegetconsistency
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Jim3901 11 month agoI made this last weekend and it turned out great. I am making it again today. I used your mothers method of dumping everything into the KitchenAid stand mixer. I really enjoy your recipes.
cath2626 1 year agoMy first bread making experience and it turned out absolutely delicious!
Jwraight 1 year agoI don't know anything about yeast. How much do I need for this recipe? In teaspoons, please because I bought a jar of fast rising yeast.
amycowan 1 year agoGreat bread recipe! It is a hit from everyone.
jessicamartin1 1 year agoThis was my first ever attempt at making bread. Yum!
chefhoward76 1 year agoExceptional recipe! Outstanding bread with a a beautiful crumb and wonderful flavor! I highly recommend this recipe. Even for those who have never considered making homemade bread before. It has to be just about the simplest recipe for bread I have ever tried. Nothing fussy, nothing finicky, just a good-solid recipe that tastes far better than you would expect. In my opinion this is bread perfection!
4myfun 1 year agoThis is by far the BEST wheat bread I have ever made!!! Amazing recipe! Simply Amazing!!! You will be so happy you tried it! Also, I cut everything in half and make 1 loaf at a time because it is just 2 of us. Cut down on cook time 5 minutes for one loaf. Thanks!<BR>
Tmdewall 2 years agoDelicious!! Would definitely make it again!
Smallwarner 2 years agoThis bread is amazing!! I will never buy bread again.
Miriam11381 2 years agoThis was my first time making homemade bread and it turned out so good. I will be make this a lot. If I can make bread anyone can. So get cooking.
jendtc 2 years agoVery good. Only five of my seven children got to try it, it was so good. You snooze you lose:)
mindyv 3 years agoAmazing!
sgrishka 3 years agodebbiejburke, I have never made this recipe in a bread machine but while it will need some adjusting to convert, it should work just fine. Since the recipe is written to produce two oven-baked 9- by 5-inch loaves, it must be reduced to fit the capacity of your bread machine. Cutting the recipe in half (2 1/2 cups total flour) would be the easiest and should produce an ABM loaf between 1 and 1 1/2 pounds...probably closer to 1 pound. To halve the recipe you will need: 3 oz. lukewarm water, 6 oz. evaporated milk, 2 tablespoons shortening (melted and cooled), 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon white sugar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 cups bread flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine or quick-acting active dry yeast. (For bread making, I always use a fine (non-iodized) sea salt, and spring or bottled water, as the hardness or softness of tap water can affect the final loaf by inhibiting or stimulating the yeast.) You will need to place the ingredients into the pan in the order specified by your machine's instructions. Usually, liquids (milk, water), fats (eggs, oils, melted or softened butter or shortening), salt, sugars (including honey, molasses), powdered milk, zest, dried herbs, dried flavorings, seeds and nuts, THEN the flour (whole wheat, bread or all-purpose), and FINALLY the yeast. All liquid ingredients should be room temperature to lukewarm (not hot) when added. Again, follow your machine's instructions. If in doubt, 80 to 100 degrees F should be sufficient. Bread machines usually require the use of bread machine or quick-acting active dry yeast, which do not require a preliminary fermentation. Also, bread machine loaves tend to rise higher than traditional loaves so they require less yeast. When adding yeast, be sure it does not come in contact with any liquid ingredients, salt or fat before the mixing begins since these ingredients may inhibit the activity of the yeast. Bake on the Whole Wheat cycle. You will also probably need to adjust the dough consistency. Check the dough after the first 5 minutes of mixing in your machine. The dough should form a smooth ball around the mixing blade and feel slightly tacky. If it appears soft or sticky, add additional bread flour, one teaspoon at a time. If it appears too stiff or dry, add additional liquid 1 teaspoon at a time. Again, I have never made this recipe in a bread machine - I hope these instructions workout for you but they may still need some adjustments.
debbiejburke 3 years agoCould this be made modified to make in a bread machine on the whole wheat setting? I'm a new breadmaker with a new breadmachine I want to use. Thanks :)
Cheetacheese 4 years agoThis is the BEST bread I've EVER made. I also put in the rest of the ingredients after the yeast & sugar desolved. I made rolls out of half the dough. I would pull the rolls out around 18-20 min. I baked mine the full time & they were a little over done. I don't have to look any further…this is the best!!!!!!!!!
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MINDY3574 4 years agoI made this bread for my parents for one of the holidays. My mother loved it and requested the recipe. She changed the preparation slightly. In her version, she would combined all the ingredients at one time in the bowl of her KitchenAid Heavy Duty mixer...then mixed and kneaded the dough for about 8 minutes. Her method work just fine. Her bread also turned out light and very moist.